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To estrogen or not to estrogen… that is the question

Posted Jul 31 2009 10:23am

My husband and I love going on vacation. We’ve been to Aruba, Jamaica, Key Largo and the Virgin Islands (more than once). We usually go in the late spring or early summer and since these locations all have awesome beaches the heat and humidity has never bothered me. In fact, I have always reveled in the sweat dripping into my Pina Colada as I floated in the ocean or pool. Not so much anymore…

Due to circumstances beyond my control we had not taken our annual vacation for the past 3 years so last week I decided to visit my friend in Cabo San Lucas for a few days and I have to tell say that Cabo in July gives a whole new meaning to the term “HOT FLASH”!

One would think that when it is a zillion degrees outside and humidity is at 95% you wouldn’t even know that you are having a hot flash, but I can tell you from experience this is not the case. I would feel it coming on…starting in my face, traveling up and over my head, down my neck, my back, in between my shoulders, all the way down to my ankles…misery, and then, when it was over, the next one would start! I seriously felt like the 3 days I was in Cabo was just one big hot flash.

So now I have a decision to make. I will be going back to Dr. Grossman at BodyLogicMD soon. When I first saw him the hot flashes were bearable, in fact, they had diminished significantly since my Kaiser doctor had originally told me that I was in menopause. But over the last few months they have snuck back into my life, every couple of hours, so I am guessing my estrogen levels have dropped again (as Dr. Grossman said they would). I will need to get re-tested, and if this is the case he will give me the option of adding Estrogen to my Progesterone and Testosterone regimen.

Decisions, decisions, to Estrogen or not to Estrogen, this is the question, “whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer”… “To grunt and sweat under a weary life” (did Shakespeare get hot flashes???), or just take the darn Estrogen and trust that because it is in a natural, bioidentical form, the increased risk of breast cancer normally associated with Estrogen won’t be an issue. I didn’t think this would be a tough decision but now that I am faced with it I admit I am not sure if I want to go there…so….I will think about it some more and let you know what   I decide, soon hopefully, before I melt!!!

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